Elected as MP for Runnymede and Weybridge in 1997, Hammond was promoted to the Tory front bench in 2001 with the trade and industry brief. He moved to his current role in July 2007 after a spell as shadow work and pensions secretary.
What’s his background?
Born and raised in Essex, Hammond attended a local state school and Oxford University. Before the Commons he held a series of directorships across a range of sectors, including the distribution of medical equipment, property, oil and gas. He also worked for the World Bank in Latin America and Africa.
Where does he sit politically?
Seen as a moderate Tory with traditional instincts, he supported David Davis in the 2005 leadership contest and backed Michael Portillo in 2001.
Is he one to watch?
Tory insiders expect Hammond to make a smooth transition to the shadow cabinet if the Tories gain power, but question whether he has the dynamism required to rise to a top role.
Something I may not have knownHammond is believed to have earned close to £3m over the past five years.
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